An absolute must in Bardia is the elephant stable. You can feed the elephants - big and small. When we were last there we were able to feed a young elephant that was not tied up, a very strong little fella who also came on our safari. Trunks are just the most amazing things, I would love to have one for a day.
entrance is around 50 NR
Not a fisherman myself. But I am told that there are Golden Masheer to be caught in the Karnali - Big Ones!!
I did however go fishing with a friend and his family by casting a long net accross the river. We managed to catch a fair few fish this way, at least I thought so, Ramkrishna was not as impressed with the catch. Still, we took what we had and a fantastic curry was had by all.
We took a ride up to Chisapani and spent the rest of the day rafting back down the river to Thakurdwara, a fantastic opportunity to spot wildlife as you glide downstream when they approach for water.
Most nights there is little to do other than gather in the kitchen and dance!!! Someone upturns a bucket and drums the familiar tharu beat, people then take turns to dance whilst the rest clap along. Fantasticly simple!
Dress Code: Why not put on a sari to make your Nepali dance moves that much better.
Bus journeys can be a little long and the seats are not made for six-plus footers. On a number of occasions I have been able to ride on the bus roof. This is not always possible but it can make the journey a million times better!
Daily buses run from Kathmandu to Mahendranagar (alight at Ambassa*) the bus takes around 15 hours and is a fantastic experience as you journey across the country, tickets from 1,500 NR. Night buses also operate.
There are daily flights to Nepalgunj from around 9,000 NR.
Two buses per day go to Thakudwara at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m, taking 3-4 hours and costing around 100 NR.
Daily buses run from Mahendranagar to Kathmandu (alight at Ambassa*) the bus takes around 4-5 hours, costing around 100 NR.
You can travel to Bardia from India by coming via Banbasa-Mahendranagar or Rupidiha-Nepalgunj border crossing points.
The actual park entrance is situated at Thakurdwara, 20 km southwest along a dirt road from Anbassa on the Mahendra Highway. A handful of buses run each day from Ambassa to Thakurdwara for around 30 NR. the journey takes around 30 mins.
If you are around for Holi you are very lucky. It is by far my favourite of all Nepali festivals, it usually falls during the last week of March.
In Bardia as a tourist you will find it hard to escape a showering of colours, just make sure you give as good as you get!!
At our lodge they soon run out of chang (rice wine) when we are in town. This leaves us with little choice but to search the Tharu village for any household with chang stocks for sale.
We often get invited in to sample extremely hot chutneys or snuggle round the family fire so I can pull silly faces at the kids whilst the brew is bottled-up.